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Analysis and comments on (Me up at does) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 23 of 153, added on January 9th, 2006 at 7:00 PM.

i think people overanalyze. could it be that he saw a mouse after eating
rat poison? one thing that people like to do is overanalyze what famous
people say as if they're the smartest person in the world. this could have
been a scribbling on a napkin somewhere when that thought popped in his
head. dont get me wrong, i know it could represent a higher society and
suffering and such and so-on, but you sometimes you have to realize that it
may mean nothing. this happened a lot with the works and lyrics of Bob
Dylan. he said that he just wrote down stories in his head or thought or
whatever, and that people overanalyzed and made up their own stories with
deep deep hidden backgrounds and messages that needed to be literarily
decoded. It could be either. It's just that some people find famous people
in such high regard that they hold their words as moe than they may be,
because, after all, ee cumings was more or less just like you and I. Don't
delve too deep people. Sometimes it's necessary, but not always.

clayton perry from United States
Comment 22 of 153, added on December 11th, 2005 at 6:32 PM.

I would agree that even though the narrator is a human, the mouse's
perspective is still communicated. After all, from a human perspective no
one would know what the mouse is saying. I also think that the rearranged
word order communicates the chaotic state of the dying mouse's mind,
especially since it's poisoned and not just trapped.

maureen from United States
Comment 21 of 153, added on December 8th, 2005 at 11:13 PM.

I think this poem is about how during the great depression there were a lot
of suicides and basically the mouse is saying "If you lost your money your
job and everything that means somthing to you. wouldnt you do the same as
me which is kill myself" and hes asking the "bigger" people of society that

Ashley E. age:18 from United States
Comment 20 of 153, added on December 6th, 2005 at 1:29 PM.

The theme of human alienation in Me up at does, is one we cannot deny. Many
times, we see others around us dying slowly, doing things that will lead to
their doom and we actually encourage these acts by " providing cheese"
through drugs, encouragement , envying them and hating them. Finally when
their death comes, we feel a deep sorrow and think "what could i have done
better". Undeniably the personna has a deep sense of regret at the end. And
this is evident in the abrupt end on the "imagined " words of the mouse.
The words resound and resound in the personna and the reader's head. I
believe this poem is a call to all races, nations and ppl in different
neighbourhoods. DOnt wait till the shunned and neglected are about to die
before you reflect on sorrow and what you could have done. NOw is the time
to smile at someone, to speak to them about their misdeeds and to show them
that Jesus is the savior. A few weeks ago, a boy in my college died. He was
found with stabs and shots aallover him. Drugs maybe, who knows but "what
had he done that we wouldnt have done" maybe if we didnt live in such an
alienated society and we got to know each other.maybe then and just maybe
if oneday i had spoken to Ricky about Jesus Christ and invited him to
church. Maybe then we wouldnt be staring down at the haunting eyes on the
bereavment T-shirt that students wear, the shirt in which the face of ricky
asks.."what have i done that you wouldnt have"

Donna from Ghana
Comment 19 of 153, added on December 1st, 2005 at 8:04 AM.

when you are reading a poem by cumming more than any thing you should be
careful about the form.I don't want to influnce other's viwes but I do care
the just words in capitale Me Stare What

diyako from Iran
Comment 18 of 153, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 9:29 PM.

Like a lot of you, I agree that Cummings is commenting on social classes.
I think he is raising the question who are we to think we're better than
anyone else? Whether it be because of social classes or skin color (or even
species), we are all more alike than what we may think. If we were that
mouse we would have taken the cheese just like he did, so why is it up to
us to play god and decides who lives and who dies? Or for that matter, who
is more superior?

I'm just having trouble interepreting the line "Me up at does." Any ideas?

Comment 17 of 153, added on November 1st, 2005 at 7:49 PM.

This poem is a first person narrative. The narrator has poisoned a mouse.
The mouse is still alive and staring at the narrator through a crack in the
floor. The mouse is quiet but seems, to the narrator, to be asking, "What
have i done that you wouldn't have".

John from United States
Comment 16 of 153, added on May 25th, 2005 at 11:53 AM.

This poem is very deep in the sense that I think it is talking about what
you accomplish in life, stuff that NO one else has the courage to.

DESTREY FAULKNER from United States
Comment 15 of 153, added on February 23rd, 2005 at 10:29 AM.

I think this poem has a great meaning and like someone said you can not
judge people by how they dress, or how they look and I think that there are
alot of people who do that at my school and it is just not at school it is
very where you look they are judging. So I think that Me up at does it is a
great poem.

Amy Nelson from United States
Comment 14 of 153, added on February 16th, 2005 at 12:01 PM.

this poem is really supposed to be looked at from the mouses view, you can
rearrange the poem to be spoken from the mouse itself.

Britt from United States

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